Ethiopia Market Profile

September 8, 2014 - 7:27pm from Microfinance Focus
The mobile communications markets of theDemocratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Ethiopia are still underdeveloped. While the population densities of both countries are among the highest in Sub-Saharan Africa, their active mobile penetration rates in 2013 were 36.4 percent and 24.1 percent respectively, well below Sub-Saharan Africa’s average of 61 percent. ...
August 7, 2014 - 5:04am from MicroCapital
The Vietnam Bank for Social Policies (VBSP), a government-owned bank that offers microfinance and other services in Vietnam, recently has deployed the Intellect (R) Core Banking Solution (CBS), an enterprise platform offered by India-based Polaris Financial Technology Limited (Polaris) [1]. Intellect is expected to help VBSP improve its operational efficiency as well as assess the impact of the bank’s lending programs. Additionally, the system allows the bank to monitor credit lines, ...
August 4, 2014 - 3:42pm from Global development: Poverty matters blog | guardian.co.uk
Talks between rebels and the government to try to end seven months of bloodshed in South Sudan resumed in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, on Monday. The session begins amid continuing reports of fighting and increasingly dire warnings from aid agencies of impending ...
July 24, 2014 - 7:00pm from Financial Access Initiative Blog
Recent work from CGAP and Continuum Innovation in Pakistan calls extreme illiteracy a “hidden hurdle” to financial inclusion. When people are unable to read or understand digital transactions they are less likely to trust digital products, constraining a viable avenue for access to financial products. In many
July 22, 2014 - 1:52pm from CGAP Microfinance Blog
Did you know that in Senegal, the private sector can only provide jobs to 250,000 people in total, but an estimated 200,000 new youth enter the market each year? Or that in Ethiopia, the youth bulge is so extreme that 60 percent of the population is below age 25? Seventy-eight percent of the 200 million young people in Sub-Saharan Africa live on less than $2 a day and only 5 percent have access to financial services.
June 24, 2014 - 7:00am from Acumen Fund Blog
Acumen Global Fellows are architects for the impact sector. They are innovators, game changers, visionaries, with various professional experiences looking to make substantial change in the world. They have thrived in companies such as Google; they have started their own companies in Sri Lanka, Canada and Malaysia.  They are choosing the challenge of working alongside our portfolio companies and immersing themselves in a rigorous leadership training. Over the past 9 years, thousands ...
June 24, 2014 - 5:03am from MicroCapital
Kaah Express, a US-based international remittances company, reportedly has partnered with Silatech, a Qatar-based enterprise focused on increasing employment and entrepreneurship among youth in the Middle East and North Africa, and the American Refugee Committee (ARC), a US-based nonprofit that offers humanitarian aid across the globe, to create Kaah Islamic Microfinance Services (KIMS), a commercial microfinance institution (MFI) in Somalia. KIMS is primarily focused on serving ...
June 11, 2014 - 3:41pm from Center for Financial Inclusion Blog
> Posted by Jeffrey Riecke, Communications Associate, CFI As if we needed more motivation to support the expansion of microinsurance, the increase in extreme weather is highlighting the ability of the financial service to spur climate change adaptation. Farming in developing countries is responsible for 70 percent of the world’s food supply, and farmers in developing countries are vulnerable to ...
June 5, 2014 - 5:19pm from Microfinance Nigeria
(Lahore) -  AlHuda Centre of Islamic Banking and Economics (CIBE) chalks down the strategy to offer its services in African countries to promote Islamic banking and finance through consultancy, Research, education and capacity building where there is an excellent potential related to this industry. This was said by Mr. Muhammad Zubair Mughal, Chief Executive Officer, AlHuda CIBE, while talking to the media in the opening ceremony of “6 months road map for the strategy of Islamic Banking ...
June 5, 2014 - 5:16pm from Microfinance Africa
(Lahore) -  AlHuda Centre of Islamic Banking and Economics (CIBE) chalks down the strategy to offer its services in African countries to promote Islamic banking and finance through consultancy, Research, education and capacity building where there is an excellent potential related to this industry. This was said by Mr. Muhammad Zubair Mughal, Chief Executive Officer, AlHuda CIBE, while talking to the media in the opening ceremony of “6 months road map for the strategy of Islamic Banking ...
June 4, 2014 - 8:09pm from Development Impact - News, views, methods, and insights from the world of impact evaluation
This week is the World Bank’s annual conference on development economics.    One of the papers being presented is by my colleague Kate Orkin (together with co-authors Tanguy Bernard, Stefan Dercon and Alemayehu Taffesse) and takes a look at a video intervention and its impact on aspirations among poor folks in Ethiopia.    In particular, what Kate and her co-authors are asking is:   can we shift ...
May 29, 2014 - 4:46pm from Acumen Fund Blog
Springtime. A day trip to speak in Washington, D.C. coincided with the peak of the city’s prized cherry blossoms, a gift from Japan to the United States in 1912. I walked at dawn, mesmerized by those venerable trees, their gnarled trunks and knotted branches adorned with fragile blushing flowers, promises of a renewal at once beautiful and fleeting. Life is so short: if not of purpose, then of what? Purpose. I think of two of our latest investments and the entrepreneurs who drive ...
May 25, 2014 - 3:47pm from Global development: Poverty matters blog | guardian.co.uk
As farms certified by Fairtrade face claims that they pay their workers lower wages than other comparable employers in Uganda and Ethiopia, it seems to be increasingly difficult to make informed decisions about what to put in your shopping basket. Tell us if you have lost ...
May 22, 2014 - 6:00am from Global development: Poverty matters blog | guardian.co.uk
Over the past 15 years, Ethiopia has become home to one of the world's fastest-growing higher education systems. Increasing the number of graduates in the country is a key component of the government's industrialisation strategy and part of its ambitious plan to become a middle-income country by 2025. Since the 1990s, when there were just two public universities, almost 30 ...
May 14, 2014 - 12:31pm from Microfinance Nigeria
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 – Islamabad—The demand of Islamic microfinance is rapidly increasing in order to serve poverty alleviation and social development, Its active client size have exceeded to 2 million now from which more than 700,000 belong to Sudan and more than 400,000 clients of Islamic Microfinance Institutions are from Pakistan. On the other hand, Yemen, Indonesia, and Bangladesh also have a good number of clientage and Islamic Microfinance has satisfactory demand in Morocco, ...
May 14, 2014 - 12:30pm from Microfinance Africa
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 – Islamabad—The demand of Islamic microfinance is rapidly increasing in order to serve poverty alleviation and social development, Its active client size have exceeded to 2 million now from which more than 700,000 belong to Sudan and more than 400,000 clients of Islamic Microfinance Institutions are from Pakistan. On the other hand, Yemen, Indonesia, and Bangladesh also have a good number of clientage and Islamic Microfinance has satisfactory demand in Morocco, ...
May 6, 2014 - 10:28am from Acumen Fund Blog
Acumen, with support from Dow, Unilever and Barclays hosts their second annual Technical Assistance (TA) Initiative Summit from May 5-7 in Nairobi, Kenya. The Summit is the second gathering in support of Acumen’s TA Initiative aimed at accelerating the development and distribution of crucial products and services in agriculture, water, sanitation and energy across East ...
May 5, 2014 - 1:51pm from Google news - microfinance
US Secretary Kerry at Microfinance Event in Democratic Republic of the CongoAllAfrica.comEthiopia: U.S. Secretary Kerry at Microfinance Event in Democratic Republic of the Congo. 3 May 2014. ...
April 25, 2014 - 3:33pm from MicroCapital
The United Nations Development Program (UNDP), in partnership with Smart Communications Incorporated (Smart), a Philippines-based telecommunications company, and the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP), a government bank specializing in serving farmers and fishermen, reportedly have commenced using mobile money to facilitate wage payments under UNDP’s “cash-for-work ” program that was launched for the 12 month period beginning in November 2013 in areas of the Philippines struck by typhoon ...
April 16, 2014 - 11:35am from Global development: Poverty matters blog | guardian.co.uk
The opening sentence of Egypt's new constitution describes the country as the river Nile's gift to Egyptians. It is a grand claim, but one that helps explain Egypt's indignation at the ongoing construction of a blockage on the Nile, thousands of miles upstream: the $4.7bn (£2.8bn) Grand Ethiopian Renaissance dam (Gerd).